710-hp Durango Hellcat most powerful

710-hp Durango Hellcat most powerful

The 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat is the most powerful SUV in the country; well, most powerful in the world, I guess. Its supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat V-8 generates 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque. It will attain 180-miles-per-hour speeds…

Traditionally tough Defender returns

Traditionally tough Defender returns

One of the toughest of Land Rovers, after a 23-year absence from the U.S., is back. The Land Rover Defender 110, for which roots date to the original LR in1950, fits the role of terrain tamer and is pitted against…

1981 reviews, $5,000 Civic to $35,000 Benz

1981 reviews, $5,000 Civic to $35,000 Benz

(Forty years ago this winter, in February 1981, I reviewed back-to-back for The Denver Post two contrasting imports – the unusually pricey ’81 Mercedes 300SD and the bargain-tier ’81 Honda Civic 1500 DX hatchback. Only twice had I driven anything…

Buick delivers early look at ’21 Envision

Buick delivers early look at ’21 Envision

As the 2021 Buick Envision showed up in my driveway, after I’d cleared the snow, I was impressed with its appearance – lower and wider than last year, finished in cinnabar metallic, with dark 20-inch wheels and dark-gloss grille and…

70 car reviews, from $19k to $394k

70 car reviews, from $19k to $394k

Two extraordinary, ultraluxury automobiles skewed my compilation of average price for all cars I drove and tested in the year 2020. Those two – Rolls-Royce’s first-ever SUV at $394,275 and the super-sport McLaren 570 Spider at $233,780 – lifted the…

Jeep Gladiator pickup adds ecodiesel

Jeep Gladiator pickup adds ecodiesel

Items of added concern, in addition to the coronavirus, seem to pop up fairly frequent these days. For instance, the newest test-drive is a Jeep, and preceding its delivery I receive a note that the parent company is now “Stellantis,”…

Kia tests sedan slump with sporty K5

Kia tests sedan slump with sporty K5

The car-building bosses at Kia from South Korea, perhaps heady from the sales successes with their Telluride and Seltos SUV crossovers in the past year, are taking aim at the midsize sedan market with the 2021 K5. Around 30 grand…

All-electric Mustang Mach-e slips onto trail

All-electric Mustang Mach-e slips onto trail

“Is it the electric Mustang?,” I was asked dozens of times while driving the new Ford hatchback. Yes, it’s the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-e4 all-electric crossover, which had only begun to reach Ford dealer showrooms by early in 2021. The…

Camry, RAV4, F-series 2020 sales winners

Camry, RAV4, F-series 2020 sales winners

Toyota Camry and RAV4 and the Ford F-series continued their ride atop new light-vehicle sales in the U.S. in 2020, a year in which slowdowns and shutdowns for the coronavirus pandemic reduced totals by 15 percent. Consumers continued the switch…

Toyota Land Cruiser in final year

Toyota Land Cruiser in final year

The Toyota Land Cruiser, a pinnacle of toughness in the U.S. for 60 years, will be discontinued at the end of the 2021 model year. That the end of the line for the Land Cruiser is that imminent was confirmed…